Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches: A Distant View of Stratford-upon-Avon; Pré St Didier in the Val d’Aosta

1833 and 1836

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 190 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D29196
Turner Bequest CCXCIII 84

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches:
i. (main sketch, drawn inverted in relation to the main numbered sequence of subjects in the sketchbook) Stratford-upon-Avon, with a distant view of Holy Trinity Church and the river and bridges. See Introduction to the sketchbook for the presence of a small run of sketches at Stratford dating from 1833 as well as the majority of subjects from 1836, including the following.
ii (inverted in relation to the main sketch) Pré St Didier in the Val d’Aosta, looking down the valley, from a slightly lower viewpoint than in a watercolour of the same area (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge).1

David Hill
June 2010

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p.479 no.1493 as ‘Faido’ and accordingly dated ‘1843’, though Wilton notes ‘stylistically similar to drawings of 1836’.

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